The PBS (Public Service Broadcasting) Summer 2014 schedule has been released and there are some real crackers for our American chums wanting some quality British telly.
If you’re a Bit and wondering what PBS is, it’s similar to the BBC, broadcasting quality programming to America without commercial interruption. But unlike the BBC, it’s not funded by a licence fee and has to take sponsorship and viewers donations to continue. It’s a much-needed and (mostly) loved channel (although some people really hate that fact it does receive public money. It’s a long story, but not all Americans are keen on limited arts funding.)
They often co-produce shows like Downton Abbey and feature the cream of the crop of many British shows.
Here is the list of shows….
THE ESCAPE ARTIST
Sundays, June 15-22, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
David Tennant (Former MASTERPIECE Contemporary host, Doctor Who) stars as a brilliant defense lawyer with a storybook family and a potent nickname, “The Escape Artist,” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. Then he gets a trial that changes his life forever. This gripping legal thriller costars Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as the hero’s rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.
ENDEAVOUR: Season 2
Sundays, June 29 to July 20, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Before INSPECTOR MORSE, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans returns for a second season with four all-new mysteries as young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar…but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.
HERCULE POIROT: Season 12
Sundays, July 27 to August 3, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, The Big Four and Dead Man’s Folly, based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business, Poirot exercises his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders — whether they ask for his help or not.
Sundays, August 24 to September 7, 2014. 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
In this stylish and compelling new medical drama set in London in 1961, Jack Davenport (Smash, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as a brilliant surgeon who believes he can make a difference in women’s lives.